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Feb 28

Dyslexia on-line resources

Recently I received an email to a link www.onlinecollegecourses.com   The writer, Carol Vertz, manages the content for this website. She shared a very detailed on-line resource list for persons challenged with dyslexia.  The information is listed below.

Per Carol Vertz, www.onlinecollegecourses.com

Living as a dyslexic can be a difficult experience, especially when it comes to college courses. However, you should know that you’re not alone in your journey. With these helpful links, you can find resources including learning tools, communities, and advice for living and studying with dyslexia.

Communities

Turn to these communities for dyslexia assistance and support.

  1. Dyslexia Support Group: Find a helping hand in these dyslexia support groups.
  2. DailyStrength: DailyStrength offers a dyslexia support group.
  3. Council for Exceptional Children: The Council for Exceptional Children offers a voice and vision for special education.
  4. Dyslexia Walk: Get involved in the cause of dyslexia by participating in the Dyslexia Walk.
  5. Learning Disabilities Association of America: The LDA offers information, resources, and support for learning disabilities.
  6. The International Dyslexia Association: The Interdys promotes literacy through research, education, and advocacy.
  7. Council for Learning Disabilities: The CLD discusses issues related to students with learning disabilities.
  8. Head Strong: Head Strong offers a forum to empower the dyslexic community.
  9. Being Dyslexic: These forums offer information and support for teenagers, adults, teachers, parents, and experts alike.
  10. Dislecksic Support: Find answers for dyslexia on Dislecksic Support.
  11. DyslexiaSupport: Check out the DyslexiaSupport Yahoo! Group to share ideas and exchange help.
  12. Dyslexic Advantage: Dyslexic Advantage is dedicated to fostering the gifts of people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia Awareness & Information

You’ll find advice, articles, and information on these helpful sites.

  1. Dyslexic.com: Dyslexic.com will help you make the most of your abilities.
  2. Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center: DARC shares awareness and information for dyslexia and other learning disorders.
  3. Misunderstood Minds: You can experience dyslexia and other learning disabilities firsthand on Misunderstood Minds.
  4. How Mind Mapping Can Help with Dyslexia: Read this article to see how you can use mind mapping to help with dyslexia.
  5. Understanding Dyslexia: Read this article to get an understanding of dyslexia.
  6. Dyslexia Wikia: Here you’ll find the wiki for the dyslexia community.
  7. Answers to Common Questions: This resource shares the answers to a number of common questions about dyslexia.
  8. The Power of Dyslexia: The Power of Dyslexia shares the signs of dyslexia, famous people with dyslexia, and information about dyslexia in children.
  9. Dyslexia My Life: Find information and advice on dyslexia and learning diabilities from this dyslexic.
  10. Dyslexia-Explanations, Tips, and Strategies: Visit the Internet Special Education Resources page to find explanations, tips, and strategies for dyslexia.
  11. You Know (of) Lots of Dyslexics!: This resource lists a number of famous people with dyslexia.
  12. I Am Dyslexic: I Am Dyslexic shares dyslexia from the perspective of a dyslexic child.

For Students, Parents, and Teachers

These sites cater to specific groups affected by dyslexia.

  1. Dyslexia at College: Dyslexia at College offers support for dyslexic college students.
  2. How Can I Help My Dyslexic Child?: WiseGeek explains how parents can be supportive to a child with dyslexia.
  3. Dyslexia: Coping and Support: Read this resource to find out how to help your child with dyslexia.
  4. Dyslexichelp: Check out this website to find help for the parents of dyslexics.
  5. Dyslexia Parents Resource: Find tips from other parents, symptoms, schools, and more on this site.
  6. A Dyslexic Child in the Classroom: Here you’ll find a guide for parents and teachers of dyslexic children.
  7. Go Phonics: Go Phonic explains how you can teach reading to someone with dyslexia.
  8. All Kinds of Minds: All Kinds of Minds shares information for a learning revolution that supports students in crisis.
  9. Reading Resource: Find reading strategies and activities for dyslexic students on Reading Resource.

Resources

If you’re searching for learning tools, assistive technology, and more, these sites offer a great place to start.

  1. Free Software: Check out this resource to find links to free dyslexia software.
  2. Dyslexia Books: Dyslexia Books help make reading and spelling fun.
  3. A Primer on Dyslexia: This primer from PBS includes links and a glossary of common dyslexic terms.
  4. RFB&D: Find out about different ways to read with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.
  5. The Dolch List: Use this vocabulary list to practice words.

Blogs

Get connected with other dyslexics and people in the community through these blogs.

  1. Twice-Exceptional: Twice-Exceptional is written for those who raise, educate, or counsel children with dyslexia and other learning issues.
  2. DyslexicAdvantage: This blog discusses some of the advantages of dyslexia.
  3. Dyslexia Discovery: Read Dyslexia Discovery to find advice, news, and more in dyslexia.
  4. Dyslexia News & Notes Blog: On this blog, you’ll find news and personal stories in the world of dyslexia.
  5. Myomancy: Myomancy offers discussions on learning disorders and more.
  6. The Dyslexic Storytellers Blog: Real dyslexic writers share their posts on helping the learning disabled be understood by the mainstream.
  7. American Dyslexia Association: The ADA writes this blog to offer help to those with dyslexia.
  8. Denver Dyslexia Awareness Blog: See how this organization is working to build dyslexia awareness.
  9. Dyslexia Wonders: Read this blog to learn about the life of a dyslexic from a child’s point of view.
  10. Dyslexic in America: This blogger shares day to day thoughts about dyslexia, as well as resources and advice.
  11. Dyslexic in America: Find out what it’s like to be dyslexic in America by reading this blog.
  12. In the Mind’s Eye: Read this blog to learn about visual thinking, dyslexia, learning difficulties, and more.
  13. The Dee Zone: This blogger discusses her experiences in dyslexia and dysgraphia.
  14. Dyslexia My Life: Girard Sagmiller answers questions about dyslexia on this blog.
  15. Jaypiddy’s Blog: Check out this blog to see travel and photography from a dyslexic point of view.
  16. Rants & Raves from the Right Side: Victoria shares alternative ideas about dyslexia on this blog.
  17. Lav’s LD Blog: This blog offers the unedited version of a dyslexic’s mind.
  18. I Speak of Dreams: I Speak of Dreams discusses effective parenting and education with learning disabilities.
  19. Dr. Linda’s Blog: Dr. Linda writes about parenting and dyslexia support.
  20. Dyslexia Blog: Read the Dyslexia Blog to find resources and information for dyslexia parents.
  21. Parenting Dyslexia: In this blog, you’ll see a different perspective on dyslexia.
  22. Dyslexia Tutor: Adrienne Edwards shares news and resources for dyslexia.
  23. Our Journey to Become Dyslexia Aware: The Muritai School shares their efforts to become more dyslexia aware.
  24. LD Insights: LD Insights explores learning disabilities from all angles.
  25. Dyslexia Blog: Here you’ll find a blog for dyslexic students.
  26. Eide Neurolearning Blog: This blog features articles on brain-based learning for kids with dyslexia and other learning disorders.
  27. Bonnie Terry: Bonnie Terry has reading, writing, and math help for dyslexic students.
  28. The Wrightslaw Way: Learn about special education law and advocacy from a dyslexic lawyer.
  29. The Ghotit Blog: This text correction tool offers insightful blog posts and more.
  30. Techno Dys: Techno Dys is a technology blog for those interested in dyslexia.
  31. Dyslexia Information: Check out this blog for dyslexia testing and information.

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Feb 09

Recently Kathy Johnson author, speaker and educational consultant, ( kjohnson@pyramidofpotential.com,)  wrote this book review of my book, The Other Side of Dyslexia.  I feel her comments caught the spirit of this book. The review follows:

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Ann was a director of the opera-musical theater program at the National Endowment for the Arts when she discovered she had Dyslexia. She writes in this book about her journey of self-discovery to being able to read.

When I first opened the book, I was delighted by what I saw inside – unlike any other book, each page has colorful simple pictures with the words below. It conveys what she has in her mind: pictures and emotions; less words. My immediate thought was how authentic it is. To get into the mind of a person with learning disabilities, you must go beyond just words, as words have different meanings and understandings.  Although in the main part of the book, Ann does not specifically describe the trainings and therapies that she has used to help her, she references them in the end. Anyone who would like to follow a similar path can.

The journey included many therapies that I have used as well, including Brain Gym, Energy Medicine, eye exercises and watching diet. Yet for her, the emotional and spiritual journey helped unlock the physical stress that held her back.  Today she is able to use words much better for both her reading and writing.

This book was written primarily for dyslexics so that they can read about someone like them. She gives hints as to how to read it, and the print is big so that people can have an easier time with the words. It is also for the non-dyslexic to understand what can happen in the mind and body of another human. We are after all, unique. One thing I have learned is that we don’t know how other people see, hear or feel unless they tell us. Ann does an excellent job of that!

I highly recommend this book to people who have learning disabilities as well as those who teach, care for, and love people with LD. Enjoy!

Written by Kathy Johnson, [kjohnson@pyramidofpotential.com]

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Feb 02

Kathy Johnson’s book The Roadmap from Learning Disabilities to Success is simple in form, short in length and long in information. 

Being challenged by both dyslexia and hpyerlexia I am not overly fond of reading.  I do it, I can do it, but you don’t often find me choosing it.  The format of Kathy’s book made reading the content easy.  It’s as though she chose to present it for learning challenged adults reading skills. Kathy’s book succinctly describes success stories and provides a checklist for parents to consider. 

I find it interesting that she has made the links that I made as I progressed through my process of overcoming the negatives of dyslexia and many years later hyperlexia.  At the outset she provides the order and importance of various approaches using a Pyramid of Potential.  The base of the pyramid is Mind and Body.  I too, through my own experimentation and with advice of others started my healing with these two topics.

I was particularly excited to see how effective her work is with patient’s reflexes – those that normally develop while the baby is in utero and the first three years of life.  I came across this technique shortly after I learned (six years ago) that I have hyperlexia.  I had already taken the Lindamood-Bell verbalizing and visualizing process but it wasn’t until after a year a half of correcting my many reflexes that were under-developed did I find much more peace around the hyperlexia.  I strongly support a parent having a child with learning challenges checked for the development of the child’s reflexes. 

Kathy’s Roadmap also gives good explanations of eye issues and has several useful suggestions on how to better eye problems.  I loved her description of the use of a Brain Gym technique – lazy eights – a technique I have frequently implemented.  

As you can see I relate to Kathy’s work because her tools are many of the ones I have been fortunate to come across.  The uniqueness of Kathy is that she has integrated them together and created a broad spectrum of skills to help her clients.  It is this approach that she describes in her book, The Roadmap from Learning Disabilities to Success. I would recommend this book to any parent whose child has learning challenges.  

To learn more go to:  www.PyramidofPotential.com, PO Box 103, Burnt Hills, NY 12027, telephone: 518 585 2007

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